Sir Alex influenced Moyes sacking and will have say in new boss
Sir Alex Ferguson was the man behind the appointment of David Moyes at the end of last season, but there are claims he influenced the sacking of his fellow Scot. Now, reports say the Manchester United legend will be heavily involved in deciding the new boss.
Will Ferguson and the board admit their error and go for someone with a proven record, rather than domestic bias? Never in the club’s history has a foreign manager been in charge (outside of the British Isles), but perhaps it is time the Red Devils changed that.
Interim boss Ryan Giggs, 20/1 (from 6/1) to take over permanently at Old Trafford, is already out of the running according to reports, while former United captain Steve Bruce (20/1) remains the only Brit that can realistically take the job.
While Van Gaal is the odds-on favourite for the United hotseat, it seems very unlikely that he would be Ferguson’s preferred choice. The Dutchman, who is leaving his position as Netherlands boss after the World Cup, has won trophies at every club he has managed (Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich) but, at 62 years of age, he is certainly not a long-term choice.
Former Nottingham Forest forward and Dutch international Bryan Roy, who is in charge of the Ajax reserves, meanwhile, said: “[Van Gaal] will never turn down Manchester United, believe me. I think it’s the job he really wants. And he will be a revelation at Manchester United.”
Ancelotti, meanwhile, has had his odds dramatically slashed and, should the Italian add the Champions League and La Liga titles to his Copa del Rey triumph with Real Madrid this campaign, he may decide to move on. Former Red Devil Ray Wilkins, who assisted him at Chelsea, has given his backing for Ancelotti, who is reportedly unsettled at the Bernabeu, to take the job.
The opposite is the case and reason for Mourinho’s possible departure, as his side are in danger of winning nothing this season. The Portuguese, after seemingly being in a great position for Premier League success this term, now sees his club five points behind leaders Liverpool, with only three games to go.
Mourinho has certainly not enjoyed his return to Stamford Bridge, following a number of spats with referees and the FA, and seemingly lacks the same enthusiasm and charismatic approach of his first spell we all grew to love. It seems that if Chelsea win or miss out on the Champions League this year, it would make no difference on Mourinho’s plans.
He has never won Europe’s elite competition with the Blues, so a triumph would satisfy and complete his ambitions, while defeat and a trophy-less season could just force him to give up and try a new challenge. Mourinho is known to be a friend of Ferguson, and could give in to temptation.
The fans’ choice would perhaps be Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp. His moulding of and success at his current club, since he joined in 2008, has made him a desired man for many of the top club on the continent.
Jamie Carragher believes the German is the “perfect fit” for United, and said of the 46-year-old: “Klopp is a young, up and coming manager, full of energy, full of personality, and the way his teams play is the way you want to see Manchester United play – with pace and energy, going forward, on the front foot”
But the snag is that Klopp only just signed a five-year contract in October, and has recently stated his desire to stay at the club. He has spoken of his respect for United in the past, however, and with Dortmund being unimpressive this season, he could be tempted away.